If you’re a wine lover and enjoy taking day trips on a warm summer afternoon, Oliver Winery in Bloomington, Indiana is a must-see. Located about an hour’s drive from Indianapolis, this charming vineyard is one Bloomington’s biggest attractions, especially in the warmer months.
|Documentary video about Bloomington wineries, including the famous Oliver Winery near Indianapolis
Residents of the Circle City and beyond love visiting Oliver Winery. With a solid reputation throughout the Midwest as being one of the best wineries in the Hoosier State, this popular destination got its start in 1970.
In 1959, a businessman named William Oliver took up residence in Bloomington to teach law at the widely respected Indiana University. He began purchasing grapes from an Ohio vineyard and his children were largely responsible for the fun duty of stomping the grapes. In 1972, Oliver Winery opened its doors to an eager public, and Bloomington welcomed a new tradition.
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You may have heard of the Oliver brand; its trademark sweet wines are sold across the United States in grocery stores and liquor shops. The company’s biggest seller, the sweet Camelot Mead, is made from honey and has become one of the region’s most popular wines.
Next time you have a special Indianapolis event such as a luncheon, corporate meeting, or reception, make Oliver Winery your host for the day and you won’t be disappointed. From tastings to a beautiful setting to a warm, attentive staff, your guests will be sure to enjoy their experience at this Indiana winery.
Oliver Winery boasts the honor of being Indiana‘s oldest and biggest winery. If you’re planning a visit to this landmark of life in the Midwest, make sure to come thirsty and with an appetite. In addition to the free tastings hosted daily, where you can sample up to eight wines at a time, gourmet cheese samples, fruits, and chocolates are provided for your tasting pleasure.
After you’ve had your fill of testing and pick a favorite wine, buy a bottle and take it outside to the gardens. This beautiful wedge of land is perfect for a picnic with friends. The 15 acres are full of lush flowers in every season, and a scenic pond sits behind the gardens. You can also purchase from a wide selection of gourmet picnic foods to make your outdoor meal complete, or buy gifts or souvenirs before you head out for the day.
|Video of a pottery demonstration at Oliver Winery in Bloomington, Indiana|
In addition to relaxing by the pond, no Oliver Winery experience is complete without a tour of the winery and vineyards. Tours are given on the weekend and free of charge. If you’ve ever wondered about the hard work that goes into making some of the favorite wines in the state, here’s your chance to find out.
If you live in Indy and don’t feel like making the drive to Bloomington, then mark your calendar now for the Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival, held in late spring each year in downtown Indianapolis at Military Park. This celebration is dedicated to honoring the various wineries throughout the state, and Oliver Winery is always one of the favorites at this annual Indianapolis event.
For more information about Oliver’s grounds and its award-winning wines, click here.
8204 N State Rd 37
Bloomington, IN 47404
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